IUOE Local 115 welcomes legislation to repeal anti-union bills


BURNABY – IUOE Local 115 applauds the Liberal Government for officially tabling legislation on January 28th to repeal both Bill C-377 and Bill C-525. The anti-union bills were passed by the former Conservative Government without proper consultations with employers, unions and government—a process traditionally used when labour laws are introduced or reformed.

“This is an important step in having those damaging and unnecessary bills off the books entirely, and a step in the right direction in continuing to protect union and worker rights, as well as fair labour relations,” says Brian Cochrane, IUOE Local 115 Business Manager.

Cochrane is pleased with Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk’s commitment to the Liberal Government’s campaign promises of repealing the bills.  Mihychuk announced in December reporting requirements for Bill C-377, set to take effect on December 30, 2015, were being waived.

Bill C-377 required unions to publicly disclose financial statements—something that had grave privacy implications for union members.  Cochrane adds unions already disclose financial statements to their members, and are required to do so through the previously existing Canadian Labour Code.

Read the full release from the Liberal Government.